Rafael Nadal passes medical tests

Rafael Nadal
© PA Photos
The Spanish tennis federation confirms that Rafael Nadal is on schedule to make his competitive return from a knee injury in the next few weeks.
WARNING! This article contains strong language and/or content that some readers may prefer to avoid.

Rafael Nadal's doctor has said that the Spaniard has passed a series of medical tests on his injured knee ahead of next month's competitive comeback.

The world number four has been out of action since last June with tendinitis in his left knee and had to postpone his proposed Australian Open comeback this week due to a stomach virus.

Spanish tennis federation doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro has confirmed that Nadal's rehabilitation is on schedule.

He told reporters: "The tests confirm that Rafa's recovery is proceeding favourably.

"Medically speaking, we are in the final stages and the results were very satisfactory and the return to the circuit is expected to proceed according to plan."

Nadal is expected to accept an invitation to play at the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo next month, with the tournament due to begin on Monday, February 11.

Rafael Nadal
Read Next:
Nadal 'back in a month'
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060